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Councillors vote to make airport a national asset

The Prime Minister is to be asked to intervene to save Plymouth City Airport, even if that means nationalising it to stop it from being redeveloped.

Councillors today voted overwhelmingly in favour of calls to make it a national asset. The vote came at the end of a special debate prompted by the biggest petition in the city's history.

Here's our Plymouth Correspondent Jonathan Gibson:

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Save Plymouth Airport! Petition

The biggest petition in Plymouth's history has been handed to the leader of the council calling for the city's airport to be saved. It closed last year when it's operator the Sutton Harbour group said it was no longer viable.

A group called Viable has already said it wants to reopen it but it will only be able to if it can raise all of the cash privately